Start Year: 2020
Where did you attend college/university?
The College of Idaho
Where did you attend medical school?
Duke University School of Medicine
What are your career goals?
I'm pursuing a career in Infectious Disease, with particular interest in the Immunocompromised host. I'd like a career focused in clinical medicine, translational research, and working with learners!
I appreciate the focus Duke places on finding your "and", meaning they will help you figure out how you will grow as a clinician or researcher beyond the work you do in your clinical rotations.
Reflections on the Duke Program
What were you looking for in a residency program?
I was looking for a strong clinical program with a reputation for producing competent residents who don't take themselves too seriously. I wanted exposure to multiple inpatient and outpatient clinical settings including a VA.
What are the strengths of the Duke Program?
I appreciate the focus Duke places on finding your "and", meaning they will help you figure out how you will grow as a clinician or researcher beyond the work you do in your clinical rotations. There is strong mentor support, and no lack of excellent faculty to help guide your interests. My co-residents are excellent clinicians as well as compassionate people and I learn from them every day.
What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and house staff?
From the hospital medicine faculty to the subspecialists there is strong support for teaching and mentoring the house staff.
Tell us about your co-residents. What has helped you connect, support each other, and form friendships?
My co-residents are great clinicians and even better people. On tough nights on Duke night-float or in the MICU I appreciate being able to bounce ideas off each other. We take our work and not ourselves to seriously.
About life in Durham
What is the best thing about living in Durham and the Triangle?
Durham is an awesome place to live. Most of all, while work hours can be long and rotations can be tough, it's easy to live here. There are plenty of great restaurants, trails for running, and breweries.
Where did you choose to live and why?
My wife Tiana and I bought a house in north-west Durham. We were looking for a fenced in yard for our dog and a place close to the Duke Forest trails.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy running and practice with a local track club on Wednesday mornings (schedule permitting). My wife and I like to go camping with our dog Beau in the Blue Ridge mountains. We frequent the Triangle food scene (favorites including Mateo's, Queen Burger, Corpse Reviver).